• The Fifth Kharkiv

    Since 2014 Kharkiv has gone back to the old notion of being a city on the geopolitical frontier. Having survived the “Russian spring” it demonstrates a new pro-Ukrainian consensus which emerged in response to the serious threat of internal destabilisation and Russian invasion.

  • Virtual Pipelines

    The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline and the Turkish Stream pipeline are poised to repeat the same mistakes of their more famous predecessors – the Nabucco and South Stream pipelines. Both raise more questions than answers.

  • The Politics of Scandal in Central and Eastern Europe

    In Central and Eastern Europe, it is the strength of the governing party or politicians, rather than the severity of a political scandal, that determines the scandal’s ultimate impact.

  • A Revolution that Devoured its Children Before it even Happened

    As Slobodan Milošević wanted to be the new-Tito, few leaders in the Balkans today obviously dream about being a new-Milošević.

  • Is the BRICS Bank an Alternative for Greece?

    Over the past few weeks speculations have been circulating over Greece’s potential accession to the New Development Bank established by the BRICS. Is Russia’s invitation to Greece just a mere coincidence?

  • Speaking Tough on Russia is not Enough

    An interview with Ivan Krastev, Chair of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, in Vienna. Interviewer: Matthew Luxmoore.

  • Power and Protests: Armenian activism

    The broad-based sense of deeper discontent is a powerful force bolstering the protests. And unlike more traditionally political demonstrations by the country’s traditional opposition parties, this wave of protests is led by young civic activists.

  • Russia is a European Country

    An interview with Elena Nemirovskaya, founder and director of the Moscow School of Political Studies: "It is an oppressive Soviet tradition to say that money dedicated to empowering people is coming from abroad to destroy the regime."

  • A Russian Trail in the Armenian Protests

    An average monthly salary in Armenia is around 300 US dollars and the overall economic situation of the country is far from good. The unemployment rate remains high at 21 per cent. This is why a hike in electricity prices have caused so much anger among the Armenian society.

  • Romania is Leaving its Communist Past Behind

    Klaus Iohannis was not elected mainly for formulating and supporting a compelling economic and foreign policy platform. Instead, the bulk of his votes were cast in opposition to his opponent, Victor Ponta, Romania’s Prime Minister, and his Social Democratic Party.

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